The great Russian author Leo Tolstoy lived here with his family from 1882 to 1901. The building itself dates from the first ... More
Tolstoy Museum (Muzei L.N. Tolstogo)
The great Russian author Leo Tolstoy lived here with his family from 1882 to 1901. The building itself dates from the first quarter of the 19th Century. The museum was founded in 1911. The eight galleries here illustrate the life of the War and Peace author at the end of the 19th Century. The museum's total collection includes more than 545,000 exhibition pieces. This is made up of Tolstoy's personal belongings, the novels published during his lifetime, portraits of Tolstoy and his contemporaries, sculptures, photographs and much more. The number of visitors to the museum is testimony to the ongoing importance of Tolstoy for Muscovites; since more than 15,000 people visit the museum every year. Call for guided tours.
This museum surprised me by being one of the most enjoyable visits in my nine months in Moscow. The museum is Tolstoy's house and is permeated with family gossip. You'll see the staircase where the children slid down on silver trays. You'll see the cobbler's bench Tolstoy used when he longed to be proletarian. You'll hear of the heartbreak of Tolstoy's wife when he left her.
Very worthwhile, but not very English friendly. You're set if you speak Russian; otherwise try to find a guide to take you around.
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